The Friends of the Kenai Community Library will hold a Christmas open house today from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
A Christmas dance for seventh- and eighth-graders will be held at the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Dress is semi-formal and admission is $4. Pizza and sodas will be available along with chances to win door prizes. Chaperones are provided, but parent volunteers are welcome. Call 283-2682 or 283-7268 for more information.
Events and Exhibits
"Guys Love Tools: Works in Wood" is on exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center through Jan. 27. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"The Greatest Gift," a Christmas musical performed by children from Ladonna Herbert's Bible study class, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday the Cooper Landing Community Church service at the Catholic Church on Snug Harbor Road. Refreshments will be served.
The Peninsula Center Mall will hold a craft fair each weekend through Christmas. Hours are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 260-2663.
The featured artists at Kaladi Brothers for December are Rube Tikka and Pam Mersch.
Kenai Peninsula senior citizens are invited to a Christmas dinner at the Kenai Eagles Lodge on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Eagles members and their families are encouraged to come for dinner and enjoy the fellowship of seniors. Call the Kenai Senior Citizens Center at 283-4156 to sign up.
Works by area artists are on display and for sale at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Cook Street in Old Town Kenai, including pottery, paintings and jewelry. The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 283-7040.
Birch Tree Gallery offers several watercolors by Alaska artists Jean Shadrach and Mary Ann Dunham; wearable art items by Lila Krohn, Vivian McCain and Kathleen Logan; bead-weaving broaches and barrettes by Laurine Maxwell-Evens; silver and gold jewelry by Tami Marsters; baskets by Pat Morrison; fur-trimmed slippers by Stephanie Carroll; pottery by Libby Berezin and Peggy Thompson; and stained glass by Joyce Getchell, Rob Jolly and Lisa Carlon.
Claudette's Folk Art and Collectables in Soldotna features works from area artisans. Loni Galloway is the featured artist this month with her stained glass. Other works include Dorthy Bush's birch bark baskets, Marianne Hyman's picket fence furniture, Claudette Barber's fabric pieces and Kris Wisher's antique fork shelves and old door knob coat racks.
The Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center displays ethnographic material from the Athabaskan, Yup'ik Eskimo and Aleut cultures. Admission is free. For more information, call 283-1991.
Old Town Village Restaurant features historic pictures of the early days in Kenai.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Information Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are many scenic hiking trails, including the Kenai River trail, which begins near the center. The center is on Ski Hill Road near the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road in Soldotna. For more information, call 262-7021.
George's Casino has karaoke with Dee every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and music by Tuff-e-Nuff at 10:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
J-Bar-B, six miles south of Soldotna, presents karaoke by the Mic Hoggers on Friday nights.
Veronica's Coffee House in Kenai presents Mike Morgan and Friends on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Katmai presents live music by Mark the Danglin' Wrangler Friday and Saturday nights at 9.
The Riverside House presents "After 10," a dance party, Friday and Saturday nights. DJ Ian will play favorite Top 40 dance music until 5 a.m.
Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna presents music by Kris Riley from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Vagabond presents the music of the Mo' Betta Blues Band on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
In the future
The 2001 Shining Stars Talent Show will be held Jan. 20 at the Soldotna High School. Those interested can pick up a registration packet at any high school office. Cash prizes and gift certificates available.
Down the Road
Artist Jon Van Zyle and his wife, author Joan Van Zyle, will be at the Art Shop Gallery, 202 W. Pioneer Ave., Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. for a book signing. The Van Zyles recently collaborated on a new book, "Jon Van Zyle's Iditarod Memories: 25 Years of Poster Art From the Last Great Race."
The Anchorage Opera will co-produce the festive New Year's Eve Ball with KAKM TV/KSKA FM at the Captain Cook Hotel. The theme for the evening will be "Great Performances" and there will be cocktails, dinner and dancing to celebrate. The cost is $125 per person. Silent and live auctions will take place, as well as live entertainment. For more information, call Florence Rooney at (907) 522-1707.
The Anchorage Concert Association will present the Rossetti String Quartet Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets range from $14 to $24. For more information, call (907) 272-1471.
Call Orca at 262-7003 for weekly listings and show times.
Call Kambe Cinemas at 283-4554 for weekly listings and show times.
If you have an event to include in our Thursday InSide section, send the information, in writing, to "What's Happening," c/o the Peninsula Clarion, P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611, fax the information to 283-3299 or send it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have your event listed, information must be received by Monday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 283-7551.
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